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Dialogues on Happyplaces with 784 people


"Happyplaces" ー That is a story not only about physical spaces, but also include mental, temporary, and imaginary spaces.

SHIBAURA HOUSE is inviting Marcel Kampman, a creative director from the Netherlands. We will have a public event on February 23rd about communication strategies (How can we communicate our action to the world?), and this event on the other hand will introduce his lifework, Happyplaces.

Happyplaces is a series of interviews with people who create happy spaces all over the world. The interviewees vary from directors of organizations, philosophers, architects, to school teachers. The project centers around beautifully edited interviews that are published online. According to him, he has interviewed 784 people so far, and hoping to add a Tokyo edition to this collection, while staying here.


"Happyplaces" (https://medium.com/happyplaces-stories)

What 784 people around the world are thinking today.

All sorts of concepts and approaches to “Happyplaces” emerge in the interviews. Each interviewee talks about how they create their ideal environment and time from their own perspective.

For example, Kerrie Finch who runs a company helping other companies build their brands talks about the difficulty in securing a time for her creativity such as a place for her as a writer.

Alain de Botton, who is a philosopher and a writer says that it doesn’t mean that if you are a writer what matters is only the space in your mind. The physical space is also very important, and he talks about how it relates to human psychology.

Buffi Duberman who is a coach for musicians claims that she doesn’t create a “Happyplace”. She says that she shares happy places inside herself.

GK VanPatter is a co founder of Humantif,and based in New York. In his interview, he talks about what kind of work environment can achieve innovation in the business field.


Spaces create people, people create spaces.

For this event, we would like to create a happy space, derived from the name of the project Happyplaces. The program starts with an introduction of Happyplaces by Marcel, followed by a dialogue with Yuki Yamamori, a philosopher regarding the current world situation revealed through the interviews, the meaning behind creating a space, and Marcel’s motivation behind this project. We would like to go deeper into the theme, by inviting the audience to be part of this dialogue.

This event is organized as part of nl/minato program.

Happyplaces Project » Alain de Botton from happykamping on Vimeo.

◎Event Description
Dialogues on Happyplaces with 784 people 
Date and Time: February 26 (Wed.) 19:00-21:00 (18:30 door opens / Bar opens after the event)
Admission: ¥1,500 Snack and a drink included (Consecutive interpretation)
Booking: Advanced booking required (Capacity 30 people)

19:00 - 19:10 Greetings
19:10 - 19:40 Introducing Happyplaces Project
19:40 - 19:50 Break
19:50 - 21:00 Discussion led by Yuki Yamamori (Philosopher)
21:00 - 22:30 Happy Bar Time

Recommended for
・People engaged in running a space, and those who want to requestion its meaning.
・People who are interested in thinking philosophically about people, society and spaces.
・People interested in knowing more about what is going on in the world.

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02/26(Wed) 19:00 〜 21:00
Dialogues on Happyplaces with 784 people



Marcel Kampman

Curator of Happiness
Happykamping / Happyplaces Project

Driven by insatiable curiosity, Marcel catalyses new projects to playfully explore different topics in the fields of society, culture, and technology. As the initiator of “Happyplaces,” he investigates the dimensions and manifestations of space. The project explores how a wide variety of people create or facilitate spaces and where their boundaries lie; in turn it maps these findings and then translates them into hands-on tools that can help to create better spaces where people can find happiness.

Marcel regularly organizes and facilitates creative social events that bring people together in building shared understandings and improved realities, as he does with his work as creative director of WeMakeThe.City, the festival that makes cities better.

He also works as a creative strategist and strategic creative as Happykamping, an eclectic distributed network of thinkers and doers for a wide variety of clients, helping them with their complex challenges, and ultimately leading them to happiness.



Yuki Yamamori

Yuki Yamamori Philosopher, semiotics researcher. Graduated Graduate School of Human Sciences, Philosophical Anthropology, Osaka University. Specially appointed associate professor at Osaka University Co* Design. He is in the current position since 2017 after working at a nursing school and psychiatric group home. Recent interest is the ethics of majority in the society where diversity is aspired. A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence by Roy Anderson is one of his favorite films. He regularly organizes philosophers cafe at Bethelbukuro (Ikebukuro), a community space with a deep connection with Bethel House in Urakawa, Hokkaido, and creates a space for people with various background could come and meet. 



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